Course code:



A - Advanced

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Typically offered:

Upon occasion

The Poetry of Lorca is part of a three-credit expeditionary program focused on the life and work of Federico García Lorca and its unique relevance in the face of today’s cultural and political landscape. This course will concentrate on the his poetry. Garcia Lorca moved from a regional poet to a world poet in the span of ten years: 1926-1936. At the heart of García Lorca’s work was the physical and cultural geography of Andalucia; in order to understand his work one must understand the mix of artistic and literary traditions in his hometown of Granada. Students will study the collected poetry of García Lorca (in translation) and discuss major themes in García Lorca’s writing: death, music, deserts, rivers, suffering, love, and sexuality.

We will also discuss how García Lorca became a poet of the world after his travels to Latin America and the U.S. and how that changed his writing style to reflect broader themes. García Lorca was amazed by the size and scope of NYC, saying, “the two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm. Geometry and anguish.” After 1930, García Lorca’s work becomes orientated toward that “geometry and anguish.” One of the movements García Lorca developed and perfected in his poetry was surrealist writing, but this surrealism was from a distinctly Spanish point of view. As a young artist, Lorca studied in Madrid at the Residencia de estudiantes along with artist and writers: Salvador Dalí, Damaso Alonso, Jorge Guillén, and Vincente Aleixandre, among others. This group of writers and artists would become known as “The Generation of ’27” and Lorca’s poetic life would not be complete without considering their work too. The class will introduce students to García Lorca’s poetry through close reading, translation, theory, and research into the times and places of its composition. We will trace the development of García Lorca and other artists (poets, graphic artists, musicians) as they use what weapons they had to confront Franco’s fascist forces in 1936. Students will be evaluated on weekly written responses, a sequence of short essays and creative writing projects, effective preparation and participation.


Successful completion of the writing requirement and at least one literature intensive course at COA, and simultaneous enrollment in the other two courses required for this expeditionary project. Permission of instructor required. 

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